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It was the light fixtures that turned off the Castaic school district trustees. Since September 1994, they have been trying to secure millions of dollars in federal earthquake-mitigation funds to move the 638-student Castaic Elementary School, which sits in the shadow of the dam that holds back half-mile-long Castaic Lake and is bordered by high-voltage power lines and oil pipelines to boot. The paperwork pace has been maddeningly slow, board members say.
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Warning that truancy has reached a crisis level in California elementary schools, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and half a dozen lawmakers proposed a raft of bills Monday aimed at keeping kids in school. Harris said 30% of elementary school students were truant in the 2012-13 school year. "California's Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis," Harris said. "When children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up. " A child is considered truant after missing school or being tardy by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year.
February 23, 1997
The Anaheim City School District is seeking volunteers to tutor elementary school students in a variety of subjects. The district has tutoring programs at Palm Lane, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key and Paul Revere elementary schools, said Luz Gonzalez, tutoring coordinator. Volunteers are needed for existing programs and to help start ones on the district's other campuses. Bilingual skills are helpful, but anyone may volunteer, Gonzalez said. Information: (714) 517-8754.
January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
May 13, 1997
Construction is underway on a new Saddleback Valley Unified School District elementary school in Rancho Santa Margarita. The new school, at the corner of Melinda Road and Rancho Trabuco, will serve kindergarten through sixth-grade students. It is Saddleback Valley's third elementary campus in the growing Rancho Santa Margarita area and the 26th elementary school in the district.
January 29, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Area families, school supporters and running enthusiasts will gather Saturday for the 12th annual Great Race of Agoura. Proceeds from the runs will benefit Agoura Hills elementary schools. The event, which includes a 10K, 5K and two 2K runs, will begin and end at Agoura High School, 28545 W. Driver Ave. The 10K race, which is open to all, begins at 8:30 a.m. A 5K run starts at 7:30 a.m. One 2K run, a competitive race for children 7 to 12, is at 8:15 a.m.
January 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
As it faces a possible $27-million budget shortfall, the Sacramento City Unified School District may eliminate or combine some of its elementary schools as one of many cost-cutting measures under consideration. Declining enrollment in elementary schools -- and indications that that trend will continue -- led to the school closure study, district officials said. The study has not been completed or presented to the school board for a vote.
July 30, 1992
The La Canada Unified School District announced the appointments of Sydney Pringle as principal of Paradise Canyon Elementary School and Jerilyn Mullen as principal of La Canada Elementary School. Pringle was vice principal at John Muir Elementary in Long Beach and Mullen was vice principal at Hollingworth School in Rowland Heights. They assume their new positions Aug. 3.
January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Rosa Estrada wanted some serious changes at her child's Cudahy elementary school. She joined efforts last fall demanding new leadership amid complaints that the principal had failed to address campus bullying, boost academic performance or work collaboratively. Estrada said none of her numerous calls to L.A. Unified's south area administrators were returned. And in November, after parents submitted a petition to the L.A. Unified Board of Education signed by more than 600 people demanding the principal's removal, they were told the document had been misplaced.
January 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police late Wednesday went to a North Hollywood elementary school after a 10-year-old girl told officials that a man had tried to kidnap her, authorities said. The girl was apparently involved in an after-school program at Coldwater Canyon Elementary School when she said a man tried to grab her from behind as she walked to a restroom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "Somehow this girl got away … and told the principal," Officer Gregory Baek said.
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger law....
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Manhattan Beach police searched Friday for a man caught on surveillance tape lighting half a dozen fires on the campus of an elementary school. The fires were set between 12:24 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Nov. 17. Police said one of the blazes burned a bulletin board outside a classroom at Robinson Elementary School. "Although most of the fires set burned for a short amount of time, the subject can be seen attempting to start a large fire on the school grounds," Manhattan Police Department officials said this week in a statement.
November 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Stephen Ceasar
Mark Berndt, the teacher who committed lewd acts against nearly two dozen Los Angeles schoolchildren, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after facing the parents of his victims, many of whom berated him for stealing the innocence of their children. Berndt, who taught at Miramonte Elementary School for three decades, pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd conduct. The allegations against him included spoon-feeding semen to blindfolded children as part of what he purportedly called a "tasting game.
November 14, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Richard Winton and Howard Blume
The teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including feeding them cookies tainted with semen, has agreed to plead no contest, sources said Thursday. Mark Berndt has agreed to a sentence of 25 years in prison, multiple sources told The Times. Berndt, 62, is scheduled to enter the no contest plea Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and to withdraw his not guilty plea in connection with the more than yearlong L.A. County sheriff's investigation into his conduct at the school.
November 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers named Lucky and Flo sniffed out bootleg DVDs. The series was part of a school education campaign led by the MPAA. Now that group, along with the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the nation's main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of piracy.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
  A former Riverside County elementary school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a student and other children, authorities said Thursday. Sean Edwards, 49, was taken into custody Thursday on a felony child molestation warrant, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Edwards, who taught at Granite Hill Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, resigned in August after an allegation surfaced that he had molested a student during the 2013 school year, authorities said in a statement.
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